*Draft order as of June 13, and does not reflect unofficial trades or reports
Elite-level skating highlights the complete package Jack Hughes brings to the table. The consensus No. 1 pick will leave the U.S. National Program as the all-time leading scorer.
Kaapo Kakko's impressive 2018-19 season was capped off with six goals at the IIHF World Hockey Championships (10 games). The natural goal scorer set records for a teenager in SM-Liiga and will be suiting up for the Blueshirts on opening night.
The homegrown centreman possesses elite vision and natural offensive instincts. Plays a competitive two-way game and put up 62 points, despite playing in only 37 games due to a lower-body injury at the beginning of the season.
Credited with one of the highest hockey IQs in the draft. The right-handed, two-way centre utilizes his 6-foot-4 frame very effectively in the offensive zone. Will form a great one-two punch with Nathan MacKinnon down the middle for years.
Bowen Byram is the best defenceman available in the draft. The offensive blueliner was the leading scorer in the WHL Playoffs with 26 points. The Kings could choose a forward at No. 5 but Byram would be too good to pass up.
Teammate Hughes credited Trevor Zegras as being the most creative player on the squad. Head coach John Wroblewski thought Zegras was the best passer on the team. He needs to fill out his 6-foot-0 frame moving forward, but Detroit hits big with the well-rounded centreman.
Seventy-two goals in 64 games. That's not a typo. The 5-foot-7, 162-pound winger is great at finding open space in the offensive zone. The Sabres were ranked 23rd in Goals For this past season; with Caufield, that could change in a hurry.
Cozens is a fantastic skater that will bring size (6-foot-3, 183-pounds) and depth down the middle for Edmonton. The right-shot centre finished 10th in WHL scoring with 84 points (34G, 50A). Along with natural goal-scoring ability, he also possesses a strong two-way game (plus-32). Cozens will add versatility in Edmonton's top-nine.
A 6-foot-6, 198-pound defenceman with great feet. The Boston University commit posted 27 points on the U.S. Development Team this past season. Alex Vlasic projects to be a shutdown defender and has the skating ability to keep up in today's NHL.